When you think back to a painting you’ve seen in a gallery, you usually don’t remember the frame. But when you see art in nature, like the 30 pieces that make up the SculptureNow exhibit on display at The Mount in Lenox, Mass., What surrounds the work becomes an indelible part of its impact and the images that remain in it. Your spirit.
For example, Eliza Evans’ “Artefactual,” a trio of faceless characters wrapped in white, would be striking in any setting. But standing apart from each other in a leafy glade, the dappled sunlight peeking over their curved surfaces, they are weird, haunting, full of mysterious omens. Moored next to a stream, a pair of slender wooden boats (Anchored by Katryn Lipke) appear to have disembarked only briefly, in the middle of the adventure. On the edge of a forest crisscrossed with winding paths, Allen Spivack’s whimsical “Monument to the Lost Gloves”, a meditation on death and loss, becomes a gateway to the unknown.